CREATIVE CALL ON SUMMER BREAK



I have been missing my artist friends….

We have not met since May….
just about the time things wind down for the summer we are all reflecting on the heat, families, outdoor time…

looking for new subject matter….

I have spent quite a bit more time in my studio as my children are with their father for five weeks this summer….

I recently interviewed an incredible artist from Dothan who sells her paintings nationwide for tens of thousands of dollars.

Her inspiring story will be in an upcoming issue of Southern Beauty…so I don’t want to spoil the story…but I will say, I was moved by her dedication
and share with artists…

she does not wait for inspiration….or seek motivation…

she enters her studio at about 7-8 pm….
she begins working….painting….planning…
and she paints throughout the night…with no phones..no distractions…
until sunlight…

and then she sleeps til noon…

I didn’t ask her WHEN she began this schedule as I feel certain it might have been AFTER her son was grown…but the fact is…

her painting is SERIOUS….
her time there is SCHEDULED….
and her family respects that time…

I was amazed too that she TAKES PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT HER PEAK CREATIVE TIME was at NIGHT..

how many of us creative people begin with an idea at 11 PM (my peak time…at least it USED to be before a 3 year old…:) )
or are awakened with a story or idea at 3 AM (what IS IT with that hour anyway?)

and we apologize..or go back to bed…with a song that dies there on our pillow…
because it seems too UNUSUAL!

I challenge you artists…to EMBRACE THE ARTIST…
slip to the studio…get a pen light….

don’t let the genius get away….

SAVOR your UNIQUE gifts that come to you in the dark….
and pick a night with a full moon…
drag an easel outside and GO WITH IT….

Then next fall when we RE convene…

We will have made another revelation…
not only are WE ARTISTS…but we can come to appreciate WHEN IT IS THAT WE ARE AT
PEAK performance…

gotta go…I feel a painting brewing up inside!

Blessings and I miss you TONS!

Allison